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Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks
Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.
Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks
Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks

Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.

Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.

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Image of the Day: Fossilized Motion
Chia-Yi Hou | May 29, 2019 | 1 min read
A fossil of a school of fish from the Eocene appears to represent coordinated collective movement.
Bigger Is Not Always Better for Team Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 13, 2019 | 3 min read
Small research groups tend to beat large collaborations when it comes to producing innovative projects and breakthrough discoveries.
Image of the Day: Circularity
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 15, 2018 | 1 min read
A marine flatworm swarms in a circular fashion off the coast of Guernsey.
How Ants Make Collective Decisions
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Transport of food sways between two modes.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Inventing Teamwork
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2015 | 1 min read
What can social networks among hunter-gatherers in Tanzania teach us about how cooperation evolved in human populations?
Roach Conformity
Jenny Rood | Feb 4, 2015 | 1 min read
Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.
Keeping Track
Daniel Cossins | Oct 1, 2014 | 4 min read
New software that can trace the individual paths of every animal in a massive swarm could help biologists unravel the secrets of collective behavior.
Collective Robot Behavior
Jef Akst | Aug 18, 2014 | 1 min read
A swarm of more than 1,000 small, puck-shaped robots can assemble into diverse patterns.
Send in the Bots
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2013 | 10+ min read
Animal robots have become a unique tool for studying the behavior of their flesh-and-blood counterparts.
Beach Reading
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2013 | 3 min read
A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.
Crowd Control
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013 | 10+ min read
Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.
Group Think
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 30, 2013 | 1 min read
Flocks of birds and schools of fish become more than the sum of their parts thanks to complex interactive behaviors.
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